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3 weeks 6 days ago #67700

Eagles back in action on Pro14 final weekend:
www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/club-rugb...onal-basis-1.4300486

You'd imagine the first two rounds of the A interpros will feature a fair few senior players since they won't want to be out of action for five weeks after the two August games.


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1 week 6 days ago #67716

No re-fixed dates for the South African derbies in August must mean that their participation in the next instalment is very doubtful.
All the talk of Super Rugby teams joining is a bit vague but it does generally sound as if they are talking about a 2021/22 season start for any new arrangement. If that's the case, then it would make sense for Cheetahs and Kings to drop out for a season and the SA teams can do their own thing for the first half of 2021 while they negotiate their future.
One thing that seems to be cropping up is that the Super Rugby teams want to be allowed into the Champions/Challenge Cup as part of the deal to join the Pro1x. The way I see it if they are allowed in to those comps then they don't really need to be in the Pro1x. They currently play 16 regular season games in Super Rugby. Six pool games in Europe plus ten in a six-team SA only league gets them to that total. If they want to promote the Pumas and Griquas or invite the Jaguares they can increase it to whatever size they're comfortable with. That way they can continue to play the Currie Cup during the international windows like they currently do. Much more convenient all round (though less money for the Pro12 I suppose).


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1 week 6 days ago #67717

Please, these suggestions about "no-more-european european Rugby" mean the end of Connacht in Champions Cup. French and English made it clear they won't accept a 24-club format except this year (even if it has worked very well)
I hope we won't open that door to Saffers...

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1 week 6 days ago #67718

True, but one of the key elements of the Anglo-French plámás at the outset of the EPCR shenanigans was the ambition to build a global tournament, etc., etc., so they could hardly turn them down. 6 each plus two from SA could potentially work.


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1 week 6 days ago #67719

Sadly, no.

It would accelerate their plan of a 18-team malthusian competition. They 'd be very happy to reduce us to 6 teams, even with Pro16/18

Leinster/Munster/3 Saffers/Glasgow or Scarlets and Anglo-French closed league is all they want...

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1 week 6 days ago #67720

Well then we'll need to improve ourselves to get into that top6. We weren't far away last season. We would've been there in 2016/7.

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1 week 5 days ago #67723

We're talking about the possibility of the 4 or 5 S-Af povinces included for qualifying spot

we won't be above 4 Biggest Saffer provinces + Leinster + Munster/Glasgow and so on

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